Poison Emergency Treatment

Actions to take for Scene Safety in a Poison Emergency:

  • Make sure the scene is safe for you and the ill or injured person before you approach.
  • If the scene seems unsafe, do not approach. Tell everyone to move away.
  • Stay out of the scene if you see multiple people who have been poisoned.
  • If the scene is safe, get the first aid kit, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and get the AED.
  • Call 911 and National Poison Control Center. Follow dispatcher instructions.
  • Tell the dispatcher the name of the poison if you know it (see below questions). Some dispatchers may connect you to a poison control center.
  • Look for signs that warn you that poisons are nearby.
  • Look for spilled or leaking containers.
  • If possible, remove the poison. Remove any contaminated jewelry or clothing and brush off solid substances with gloved hand.
  • Rinse contaminated area with water for at least 20 minutes.
  • If CPR is required, be sure to wear a breathing barrier to protect yourself from possible exposure to the poison.

Questions the Poison Control Center Dispatcher May ask?

  • What is the name of the poison?
  • Can you describe it if you can’t name it?
  • How much poison did the person touch, breathe, or swallow?
  • How old is the person?
  • How much does the person weigh?
  • When did the poisoning happen?
  • How is the person feeling or acting now?

Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222